Tahlequah city councilors approved a rezoning request Monday evening that is expected to usher in new home construction north of NSU.
Josh Reasor requested 9.4 acres of property north of Allen Road, between Grand Avenue and the Bertha Parker Bypass, be rezoned for multi-family dwellings. The project’s one entrance will be off of Daniel Stern Drive, between Grand and Cedar avenues.
Reasor said his plans are in the early stages. He’s talked with Northeastern State University officials about their future plans, and knows the university needs housing options closer to campus for junior and senior students, graduate students, and optometry students.
By constructing new homes north of the campus, those students and other people moving into Tahlequah would find new options within walking distance of the campus and downtown Tahlequah.
“My roots are here, so my goal is to give back to the community and this is one of the ways I’m trying to do that - build some needed residential area near the campus,” said Reasor.
He also said he will keep in mind the “architectural integrity” of the project, and doesn’t want to build residential housing, including apartments, that “look all the same.” He said he’ll return with more detailed plans in the future.
Councilors also approved a contract with RLM Construction Monday night for Phase I renovations at the Senior Citizens Building. Planning and Development Director Doug Moore said the project could begin soon and is expected to take 88 days for completion. The senior center will not be closed while the project is underway, Mayor Jason Nichols said.
The first phase will focus on the back addition of the center, which was built several years ago. Handicapped-accessible bathrooms with will be installed, along with a classroom, billiards room and multi-purpose space. The cost will run about $171,000 and is part of a community development grant.
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